Since the failed coup attempt in June 2016, the Turkish government has cracked down on critical media. On President Erdogan’s orders, over 1500 journalists have already been fired and over 150 arrested – most notable among them author Ahmet Altan and Murat Sabuncu, editor-in-chief of Turkey’s largest opposition newspaper, Cumhuriyet. To raise awareness for the disastrous situation in Turkey as it pertains to freedom of the press, Reporters Without Borders launched a campaign directly in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin. In this context, they dropped off specially prepared packages with current daily newspapers on the embassy’s doorstep. The cover pages featured portraits of incarcerated journalists. To emphasize the fact that the journalists pictured are behind bars, the newspapers were wrapped up with additional packing tape. The message: “Free press. Free people.”

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